This week we received the news that 200,000 have died from Covid-19 in the US. Are you afraid of getting the virus? Fearful of your future? Afraid of dying?
There is a lot of fear in the world and in our hearts. An increasing number of children and students are fearful and anxious. Many people are afraid of the police. Others are afraid of protests turning to violence in their communities. Many people are afraid of Donald Trump being president for another four years – or afraid of what will happen if Joe Biden is elected.
Followers of Jesus Christ are not to live in fear. Repeatedly in Scripture we are told, “Fear not.” The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). For without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We are not to be afraid.
Don’t put your trust in yourself, a politician, or a theory of social or economic justice. Put your faith in God. Faith in God dispels fear. Nothing happens in our world, nothing happens in your life apart from the sovereign hand of God. And wouldn’t you rather have God in control of your life rather than yourself or anyone else?
Today, live by faith. Your perspective will be transformed and you will be unafraid amid the changing circumstances of life!
- First, reach out in faith to Jesus Christ. Jesus is King Jesus! He is God – omniscient and all-powerful. He has authority over the storms in your life, over sin, over disease, and death itself! On the cross Jesus dies for every imperfect one of us. And on rising from the dead, He strips death of its power. When you place your trust in Him, He gives you eternal life. Followers of Christ are people of hope, not fear. After all, if God is for us, then who can stand against us?
- Live by faith each day. Living by faith is not simply making a one-time decision to follow Jesus Christ. It’s a way of life, placing your faith in Him each and every day. Trust Him. Obey His Word. Pray. Don’t have a dead faith. Have a living, active, growing faith. Keep focused on Jesus, the object of your faith, and watch Him work in your life.
- Accept God’s timing in your life. We struggle sometimes with God’s timing, but His ways are always perfect. Being in God’s waiting room does not mean that God has forgotten you! God is always faithful to His promises and His sovereign purposes. We may not see the bigger picture, but God is in control. Keep trusting Him. God is at work in your life for your good and His glory!
What am I saying? If your trust is in our Lord Jesus, there is no need to fear. “Do not fear, only believe” (Mark 5:36).